How Much Do You Know About Presidential Debates?

The 2016 elections are already heating up. With a slew of debates on the horizon, it seems a fitting time to test your presidential debate knowledge. Are you ready to put your debate know how to the test?

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The first televised presidential debate, dubbed the Great Debate, was between which two presidential candidates?
Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy
Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford
Walter Mondale and Bob Dole

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Which organization sponsored three presidential debates in 1976?
Center for Public Interest
League of Women Voters Education Fund
Republican National Committee

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What nonprofit organization has sponsored every presidential debate between 1998 and 2016?
AARP
NPR
Commission on Presidential Debates

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What does the commission on presidential debates regulate?
Room temperature and podium height
Audience participation
Candidate styling

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What venues are off limits for a presidential debate?
Home state of candidate
For profit universities
A candidate's alma mater

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In 1980, what candidate chose not to debate Republican candidate Ronald Reagan?
Walter Mondale
George Bush
Jimmy Carter

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What independent candidate debated George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential election?
Steve Forbes
H. Ross Perot
John Anderson

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What presidential candidate asked voters, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
Barack Obama
Ronald Reagan
Bill Clinton

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Which debate holds the record for the most viewers in history?
Gore and Bush
Obama and Romney
Reagan and Carter

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Which journalist has served as a moderator on more debates than any other?
Jim Lehrer
Wolf Blitzer
Jake Tapper

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Who said that the biggest problem America has is being "too politically correct?"
Ben Carson
Rand Paul
Donald Trump

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Who is quoted as saying "I'm a progressive, but I'm a progressive who likes to get stuff done?"
Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton
Martin O' Malley

C+, Debate Dynamite

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Based on the results of this quiz, you are debate dynamite! While you may need to brush up on your debate facts, you still proved that you have an amazing handle on American politics. You haven't got it all figured out just yet, but you're sure on your way!

B+, Presidential Power

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Based on the results of this quiz, you have serious presidential power! You know the American presidential debate system well. Not only are you well versed on the history, but you know quite a bit about debate dynamics. We think you're ready for the 2016 election!

A+, Debate Ace

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Based on the results of this quiz, you are a total debate ace! When it comes to American politics, you know your stuff. You love to watch and analyze debates, making notes of interesting or poignant moments. You definitely understand the power and influence the presidential debates hold over determining the outcome of elections!
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1
The first televised presidential debate, dubbed the Great Debate, was between which two presidential candidates?
Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy
Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford
Walter Mondale and Bob Dole
2
Which organization sponsored three presidential debates in 1976?
Center for Public Interest
League of Women Voters Education Fund
Republican National Committee
3
What nonprofit organization has sponsored every presidential debate between 1998 and 2016?
AARP
NPR
Commission on Presidential Debates
4
What does the commission on presidential debates regulate?
Room temperature and podium height
Audience participation
Candidate styling
5
What venues are off limits for a presidential debate?
Home state of candidate
For profit universities
A candidate's alma mater
6
In 1980, what candidate chose not to debate Republican candidate Ronald Reagan?
Walter Mondale
George Bush
Jimmy Carter
7
What independent candidate debated George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential election?
Steve Forbes
H. Ross Perot
John Anderson
8
What presidential candidate asked voters, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
Barack Obama
Ronald Reagan
Bill Clinton
9
Which debate holds the record for the most viewers in history?
Gore and Bush
Obama and Romney
Reagan and Carter
10
Which journalist has served as a moderator on more debates than any other?
Jim Lehrer
Wolf Blitzer
Jake Tapper
11
Who said that the biggest problem America has is being "too politically correct?"
Ben Carson
Rand Paul
Donald Trump
12
Who is quoted as saying "I'm a progressive, but I'm a progressive who likes to get stuff done?"
Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton
Martin O' Malley

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